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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

August 2013

The Conference for Ophthalmic Educators in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 6 was a day full of stimulating conversations and learning. Plenary sessions were held with simultaneous translation in Portuguese, Spanish, and English.

Participants were offered six different workshops, including how to write effective multiple-choice questions, how to develop webinars, how to adapt curriculum to meet regional needs, and how to improve presentation and professionalism skills.

Participants also discussed issues specific to learner groups, such as residents and practicing ophthalmologists, as well as using new technologies for teaching (e-learning).

You can review the Conference agenda in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Gabriela Palis, MD
Editor in Chief, Center for Ophthalmic Educators

Apply Now: Web-Based Teaching Course

The fourth edition of the ICO’s Web-Based Teaching Course begins September 9, 2013. The web-based course empowers medical teachers to implement modern multimedia teaching skills and to create professional and effective presentations online. It combines practical advice, software tools to develop specific multimedia interventions, and a theoretical framework for effective teaching strategies. Interaction with other educators makes this an engaging and unique course.

Enrollment is limited and will be determined in part by the needs of the individual and region, as well as the level of impact that a particular educator may have. We would like to enroll teachers who could serve as faculty for future ICO online courses.

Apply early, as this is a popular course. The application deadline is August 30, but enrollment may close sooner if the course is filled.

Apply to the Course.

Download Course Information.

New ICO Webinar Workshop Begins October 21

We are excited to announce the ICO’s newest course, “Webinar Workshop: How to Broadcast Lectures and Live Courses Online.” The goal of this workshop is to provide participants with the inspiration, tools, knowledge, and skills that will allow them to expand the scope of their teaching activities beyond the limits of the face-to-face classroom and teach them to organize Webinars.

This six-week course, led by ICO Director for E-Learning, Eduardo Mayorga, MD, begins October 21. The workshop will feature phases of independent activities and coordinated live activities, as well as interactivity with other educators and course tutors.

After finishing the workshop and meeting the stated objectives, participants will have attained the knowledge and abilities to make their online, and face-to-face, lectures much more effective for learners.

As with our popular Web-Based Teaching Course, space is limited and enrollment will be determined in part by the needs of the individual and region, as well as the level of impact that a particular educator may have. The application deadline is September 30, however, we recommend applying early, as this course is sure to fill up.

Apply to the Workshop.

Download Course Information.

Atlas Latinoamericano de Uveitis App

Developed by Universidad Federal de Minas Gerais and Escuela Paulista de Medicina, Brazil, the Atlas Latinoamericano de Uveitis (Latin American Uveitis Atlas) is a rich collection of more than 400 ophthalmic pathology images associated with uveitis, which have been collected from over 20 years of study. The atlas is available as an iPhone and iPad app, free of charge in the App Store.

Download the free iPhone and iPad app now.

Wills Eye Institute Hosts a Web Course on Endothelial Dystrophies

Presented by Dr. Irving Raber, this peer-reviewed, 30-minute course will familiarize ophthalmologists with endothelial dystrophies. Defined learning objectives are: “review of the different endothelial dystrophies; learn the specific characteristics of each endothelial dystrophy; and recognize the range of treatment options.” The course has been designated by the Wills Eye Institute for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).

Please note that this resource requires creating an account with Wills Eye Knowledge Portal.

Access the course.

The New OphthalmicEdge: A Resource for Ophthalmologists

Ophthalmology lectures, monographs, and real example cases are shared across a range of modalities, including optical coherence tomography, ultrasound, surgeries, and more. The updated OphthalmicEdge website has enhanced search functions, question and answer forums, and expanded notification options.

Visit the OphthalmicEdge site.

IJCAHPO Presents: A Primer on Ophthalmic Medical Assisting

This e-book, published in July 2013, is available for free download or web viewing from the International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO). The e-book offers guidance on how to develop your eye care team with a comprehensive checklist for an ophthalmic training program. Also included is additional information on curricula, and certification and accreditation for allied health personnel.

View the e-book.

Recent Educator Blog Posts

The Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library blog reviews “Twelve Tips for Making the Best Use of Feedback” by van der Leeuw and Slootweg.

The Technology for Teaching and Learning blog demonstrates “zooming and moving” effects in presentations.

Recently Added from the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s ONE Network

These resources from the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s ONE Network are excellent for practicing ophthalmologists, residents, and subspecialty fellows.

Introduction to Refractive Surgery for Residents: Corneal Topography

What Is Global Ophthalmology: How Is It Evolving?

What Is Global Ophthalmology: Ethical Role of Trainees and Medical Students

WOC2020: 26–29 June 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa

The World Ophthalmology Congress® of the International Council of Ophthalmology will include a scientific program of over 350 sessions addressing all subspecialties and related interests in ophthalmology. Revenues from the WOC help support ICO programs, including ophthalmic education, society and leadership development, and advocacy.

Register for WOC2020.

Come to Cape Town, not only to learn the latest in ophthalmology but also to contribute to improving eye health in Africa.

Funding for the Ophthalmic Educators Letter is provided in part by Santen Pharmaceutical Co.

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